Hello Gamers! It’s Pawel Miechowski from 11 bit studios here. It took a bit longer than expected, but Anomaly 2 is ready to land on the next-gen beauty PlayStation 4! First things first: you’ll be able to get your hands on it on September 16th for $14.99 on PlayStation Store.
So, let’s recap. Anomaly 2 is the opposite of tower defense — it’s been actually called tower offense! Tower offense in Anomaly 2 means it’s a mixture of action and strategy. You control not the towers (aliens invading Earth) but the attackers: human forces who are trying to save the planet.
Anomaly 2’s story continues right after the 2018 invasion of Earth that took place in Anomaly Warzone Earth. Our planet is controlled by the aliens and humankind is almost extinct. Those who managed to survive are grouped in convoys. Your convoy is called Yukon, and you are the Commander, dropped right into the battlefield to support troops in your convoy through four special abilities which you’ll deploy during missions.
The first ability available to you is Repair, which is basically an Area of Effect healing skill. Next we have Decoy – an ability that baits aliens’ towers to attack the decoy, keeping your troops out of the enemy’s crosshairs. The third skill in your arsenal is EMP, which briefly stuns towers. Last but not least is AIM, a skill that doubles the damage of your troops; it’s used to destroy high priority targets.
Every mission is presented from a top-down view. There are five upgradeable unit classes, each with two morphing modes which opens a lot of tactical opportunities to players. For example, Rocket Hammer, which has the highest damage of all units in the convoy and has a 360 degrees view, can be morphed into Sledge Hammer which has a higher range, but cannot attack units on its sides as it has a 30 degree forward firing arc.
Morphing units is not the only cool addition! We’ve also created a multiplayer mode where opponents choose sides, either aliens or humans, and square off to see who’s the best on the block. Multiplayer is a mix of regular tower defense gameplay (where one of the players controls towers and upgrades them) and the tower offense akin to the single player missions. Multiplayer offers a tech-tree to develop unique strategies. And keep in mind that in MP, the pace is faster than in single-player! I guess this is the very first strategy game where tower offense meets tower defense.
In total there are 14 missions (and a prelude) in the single-player campaign. In the MP mode, there are various maps offering either quick or longer battles, from small maps to big ones with various winning condintions, but I guess total annihilation of the enemy is the coolest! On the graphical side we have a perfectly rendered world and an improved visual engine. Music once again has been created by Piotr Musial, who also made the soundtrack for Anomaly Warzone Earth. We have shared all of our OSTs with the public — they can be downloaded here.
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